Photos of the Bible that stopped a Bolivian bullet

Bible takes a bullet

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A Bolivian police officer who was shot in the chest a few days ago, has become the latest in a long line of people who owe their life to a Bible in a pocket. The unnamed officer, who was shot in the chest during civil unrest following the ousting of Evo Morales, was carrying what looks like a Gideon Bible in his ballistic vest.

Christian Headlines reports the damage: ‘The front of the blue Bible shows a small hole about the size of a pencil eraser. An exit hole on the back cover is larger and shows several pieces of its pages torn and dangling from the damage.’

Traditionally, Bibles that take incoming bullets have no exit holes – otherwise the owner of the Bible would be dead. The bullet usually lodges somewhere around the prophet Jeremiah. It sounds like the Bolivian officer’s Bible had some backup in the form of a knuckle-duster: ‘The officer also carried brass knuckles in the pocket, which was broken in half by the bullet.’

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.

Bildad the Shuhite

Bildad the Shuhite

Discovering the 'mental' in 'fundamentalism' since 1977.

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